Between growing up in Queens and currently residing in Brooklyn, comedian Hari Kondabolu has appeared on Letterman, Conan, and NPR. With brother Ashok (Das Racist rapper Dapwell) he created the Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast and fills in for Night Train host Wyatt Cenac when the latter finds hi ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have special ed improvs, sexual Mazel Tovs, a talent show, anniversary blow, liberal lions, albino sirens, and the powerful energy of Macaulay Culkin. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Chappelle's Show vet and Comedy Cellar regular Kurt Metzger says he's done courting the ire of bloggers who feign outrage in the service of page counts: "If you like it, good, and otherwise don't even watch it. I don't need to break it down any more than that." At the final party of Montreal's Just ... More >>
Laugh about city life with these comedians
For more than 25 years, Nick DiPaolo has battled it out in the comedy trenches alongside peers Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The Boston native has also waged a few personal wars of his own--mainly those against political correctness and complacency. Headlining Caroline's on B ... More >>
By Julie Seabaugh In his second special, Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago, the laid-back comic relates the story of throwing a bachelor party in New Orleans. "One of my friends said, 'Hannibal, you should hire a second line band to follow you through the streets,'" he recalls. "Basically in New Orl ... More >>
What's that? A beehive? No! It's Oscar buzz. The west coast is gearing up for its annual backslapathon, with all the glamour and glitz the Tinseltown dream factory can possibly secrete, spread over a week of hype. By all means enjoy it, but don't forget that 90% of the Academy crowd started right he ... More >>
Live comedy is a talky genre, but this week's Cheap Laughs features an unusually chatty bunch of shows. The NYC PodFest takes over the Lower East Side this weekend, bringing you the best audio over-sharers in the city. Lewis Black (a.k.a. the Picasso of Ranting) and Radiolab's storyteller-in-chief J ... More >>
Consider the phrase "ho ho ho." It denotes festive laughter, but how much will you really laugh this holiday season, given what you're about to endure? Crappy gifts, airports, family racists, "a very special Christmas episode" of every awful show, eggnog, criminal knitware, relatives who just found ... More >>
This weekend the tenth annual New York Comedy Festival spread across the city to bring good cheer -- dozens of A-list comedians at the top of their game spread out across the 212 in clubs big and small. Here now, a wrap up of what went down. See also: LIVE REVIEW - Jay Pharoah at Caroline's on Bro ... More >>
The funniest stars are all here
Don't say we never spoil you. This week we have a comedy show entirely based around Saved By the Bell, a deaf stand-up set relayed through ASL, and the comic cream of England's Cambridge University swinging through town with deeply intellectual dick jokes. Combine that with our usual selection of ne ... More >>
Labor Day is just a week away. It's your last chance to see comedians work dirtier, push envelopes harder, and tell industrial quantities of Ben Affleck/Batman jokes before "real life" resumes. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch. See also: Comedian Kurt Braunohler Misses You All the Time, ... More >>
Tweet about Rob Delaney’s show at Carolines
Only Nick Kroll's pet surgery faux ad for Comedy Central's "The Kroll Show" has this beat. Today, ads in the same vein as the one seen on the right will pop up on subways everywhere. Their main theme: 50 percent of teenagers do not really understand the seriousness of pregnancy at such an early age ... More >>
Yesterday the Alabama rapper Krispy Kremethink a 21-year-old Paul Wall lookalike who sounds like a Yelawolf impersonator whose tricks are performing with a mouth full of marbles and rhyming "back" with "back," streamed over a super-slow Internet connection"released the song "Best Frien ... More >>
Charlie Brown predicts the end is near
*A toast to Marcus Bachmann: "Bottoms up!" *Lindsay Lohan living behind bars instead of dancing on top of them. *Mothers who keep tiaras off their toddlers.
Workaholics last week Last week's episode of Comedy Central's Wednesday-night Workaholics, a first-season show about recent graduates fumbling through a post-college reality as telemarketers, took place at the Gathering of the Juggalos. From the attention to detail, it was clear creators did their ... More >>
A big man on campus, with a mainstream profile, but the music is another matter
Seven steps to a new, ridiculous you
Part One of a two-part article about homosexual identity
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Comedy actors finally score a film break!
The NYPD continues to investigate the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday evening. They have released surveillance video of a "person of interest," a white man in his 40s seen near the bomb scene removing his shirt.
Earlier this week, everyone's favorite eternal teenage antagonists, South Park, spat in the face of Islamic religious law by depicting the Prophet Muhammad... in a bear costume. Comedy Central went weak and censored the episode with bleeps and image blocks after threats from a Muslim group callin ... More >>
Help make this summer awesome
This Thursday February 4 at 7 PM, Melissa Rivers will appear at the Columbus Circle Borders to sign copies of her book Red Carpet Ready: Secrets For Making The Most of Any Moment You're in the Spotlight. And Melissa should know, seeing as she's worked both sides of the carpet. Besides, the ... More >>
Everyone say, 'Raaaaaaaandy!'
Catch an old-time radio show with Tunde Adebimpe
I went to a party last night at Joan Rivers's three-floor East Side palace (Melissa has the lower floor), which is elegant and gorgeous and currently for sale. The bash was for Joan's TV Land show, How'd You Get So Rich?, but I also wanted to know about her already legendary Comedy Central r ... More >>
Rob Riggle finds humor in the Marines
I just got a press release saying I'm a celebrity panelist on a live game show, so I guess it's really happening. In fact, I'm pulling together my best Brett Somers wig and Charles Nelson Reilly pants suit (or vice versa) as we speak! Here's the release:
Fill in the blank, please
David Alan Grier takes on politics
Deadpan stand-up, clean laughs at its best
Find refuge in a few hours of certifiably funny stand-up
Comedian Mike Birbiglia loves to milk his underdog status for laughs as a 30-year-old stand-up (today’s his birthday!) who gets no respect (his routine includes the humiliating story of the time he was introduced as a “middle-tier” comedian at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City). But now that he’s ... More >>
Comedy Central comes to Central Park
Stand-up gets an experimental update
Moby, Jay McInerney sold to the highest bidder; Interpol go undercover
Arab comedians ask: Hey, does my bomb look big in this?